First gaming/general use build, no case chosen yet, ~1500$

Hey everyone, this is my first build, so I want to know if it’s solid, or if there are any parts that won’t play nice with each other. Apologies in advance for the lengthy post, and the possibly dumb questions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 months, the sooner the better

Budget Range: Around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD emulation (PS2, Wii, Gamecube, N64, etc), audio/video editing, watching movies/videos, listening to music, internet surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A, I live in Mexico. Amazon and Newegg won’t ship those kinds of products here. Will be buying locally.

Location: City: Guadalajara, State: Jalisco, Country: Mexico

Parts Preferences: The MoBo should be able to take full advantage of the Intel Core i7-3770K processor.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Don’t think I need that at present.

Your Monitor Resolution: Haven’t decided on a monitor yet. I’d like one that supports something between 1440x900 and 1920x1200, but I’m not sure how big the monitor itself should be.

Reason for upgrading: My current computer is pretty old (probably around 7-8 yrs old). And it’s slow. Reeeeally damn slow. Not to mention incredibly noisy; when it’s on it’s like there’s an airport in my room.

Additional Comments: It should be a decent-looking rig, I don’t need it to be a tricked-out, flashy PC. At the same time it would be nice if it wasn’t an exceptionally crap-looking beige thing, and I do think the blue LED fans look cool. I’m looking for it to be quiet, as I’m gonna be recording audio in the future. A Firewire port would be a plus.

I haven’t chosen a case yet. From what I’ve seen, the Noctua cooler I’ve chosen is a pretty big unit, so I guess that with everything else I’m putting in there, I’m gonna need a decent-sized case for everything to fit, with enough space for any future hardware additions (for example, a sound card), and good airflow. Any recommendations for a case, or the approximate dimensions I would need, would be appreciated. I also want to know if I should have two case fans, and if they should be different sizes, or if I can stick to just two 120” fans, or two 200” fans (taking into consideration the case size and everything).

Parts list (all prices are from Amazon for reference) -

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K - $324.98

Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME6 - $159.98


MSI Z77A-GD65 Z77 DDR3 1600 LGA 1155 - $164.99

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CML8GX3M1A1600C10) - $45.99

Storage: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2 - $116.55


Crucial m4 256GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2 - $189.99

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX - $160.00


WD Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD20EZRX - $103.99

Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti 2048MB GDDR5 DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Graphics Card (02G-P4-3660-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3660-KR $294.99

Cooling: Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 – Retail - $79.94

Optical drives: (2x) Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black) - $17.99

Fans: Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Blue LED Computer Case Fan (R4-L2R-20AC-GP) - $9.99

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Blue LED Computer Case Fan (R4-LUS-07AB-GP) - $14.73

Operating Systems: Windows 8 64-bit (?), Ubuntu 64-bit, Ubuntu Studio 64-bit
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  1. Use a dual channel memory kit

    Twice the bandwidth from cpu to memory and an instant performance gain of about 6-10% for the system
  2. Gotcha, so that'd be two 4GB sticks - I'll be getting these then: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
    Thanks for the advice :) . Any ideas on the rest of the rig?
  3. PowerColor PCS+ AMD Radeon HD 7870 Myst. Edition ($239.99 @ Amazon)

    Check that GPU at, way better performance at a way better price. (It's the tahiti LE 7870 not a normal 7870, it's performance is comparable to a 7950)
  4. burritobob said:
    PowerColor PCS+ AMD Radeon HD 7870 Myst. Edition ($239.99 @ Amazon)

    Check that GPU at, way better performance at a way better price. (It's the tahiti LE 7870 not a normal 7870, it's performance is comparable to a 7950)

    This comparison certainly makes it look like a very interesting choice... I'll be meditating on that one. Thanks!
  5. About the case, what dimensions or which case would you recommend? I'm also not sure on which monitor I should get.

    Any other ideas concerning the rest of the build would be very much appreciated.
  6. Anyone?
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